Plea to support Queensgate Giving Tree for less fortunate

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This year, the Queensgate Giving Tree brings hope and happiness to hundreds of disadvantaged children from around Peterborough.

The Shopping Centre is working in partnership with Barnardo’s, the largest national children's charity in the UK, to ask shoppers to give something to a child in need this Christmas.

In past years, thousands of toys, clothes, crafts, sports equipment, and treats have been donated and “there is more need than ever this year,” said Mark Broadhead, Centre Director at Queensgate.

He added: “The last two years have taken their toll on us all and none more so than the people that Barnardo’s tirelessly help every day of the year. The Giving Tree may seem a small gesture to make but it has a huge impact on the boy or girl that receives their gift.

"We desperately need people to come forward and help make this a happy and festive Christmas for all.”

Barnardo’s has released examples of gifts they desperately need. They include: board games, toys, dolls, craft activities, Lego/Duplo, books and clothes.

Lynn McNish, Strategic Children’s Services Manager, Barnardo’s Peterborough & Cambridgeshire said: “Our team and partner agencies are working with many families who have struggled both emotionally and financially throughout lockdown and Covid..

"For them, Christmas can bring added strain and pressure rather than a sense of excitement and celebration. The Queensgate Giving Tree can make a huge difference and we are delighted to be working with their team to help make this festive time special for local children and families.

"I would urge anyone using the shopping centre, who is able, to take a little time to buy a gift for a child.”

The Giving Tree is located next to the Customer Information Desk. Visitors can pick up a tag from the tree before buying a gift for a child in need and dropping it off at the customer service desk.

Barnardo's will visit the Centre weekly to collect the gifts before wrapping and delivering them to families in need this Christmas.